Police instructors use training demo to support teen shooting
DEL CITY, Okla. — A police training demonstration was provided for the media Monday to support a Del City police Captain charged with manslaughter in connection to the shooting death of a teenager running from police.
The Oklahoma Association of Law Enforcement Firearms (OALEFI) used crime simulation software on a projector screen at H & H Gun Range to show how quickly officers have to make a decision on whether or not to shoot a dangerous suspect.
OALEFI Spokesperson James Bowen said Cpt. Randy Harrison was justified in shooting 18-year-old Dane Scott Jr in March, 2012, following a high speed chase – because Scott had allegedly tried to shoot Harrison before his gun was wrestled away by the captain.
Bowen says Harrison shot the teen because he was trying to escape, and at one point, was reaching into his pants as if he had another weapon. He also allegedly lunged at another officer at the south Oklahoma City scene with a taser.
That officer testified at a preliminary hearing that Scott did not move toward him and he never felt in danger.
The trial continues in November.